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The Moss Library Sale: Hard-to-find books at 20 pesos each

July 17, 2015 By: jessicazafra Category: Announcements, Books 2 Comments →


Our friends the Mosses are having a big library sale at their house in Quezon City. On sale are over a thousand books, hardcover and paperback, at 20 pesos each. Most of the books are now hard to find, and there are lots and lots of collectible Penguin Classics.

We went there this afternoon chanting, “We don’t need more books, we just want to see what you’ve got. No, really, we don’t need more books.” An hour later, we had filled up a box with 25 books by Georges Simenon, Shirley Jackson, Jan Morris, V.S. Pritchett, Nancy Mitford, Sylvia Townsend Warner, Lawrence Durrell and Pauline Kael. And we were already exercising maximum self-control. Total expense: 500 pesos, less than the current retail price of one trade edition.

If you’d like to go to the library sale, email us at We’ll reply with details and put you on the list. The sale is until July 30 only.

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UPDATE: As of 6pm on Monday, 20 July 2015, there are no more books available from the Moss Library. Much as Jason enjoys entertaining guests, you’ll have to wait until he opens a bar (We would invest in that).

Thanks to everyone who attended the library sale and provided new homes for those books. We know that bibliophiliacs like to crow about their acquisitions, so tell us what titles you found in the stacks.

The start of our Personal Essay Workshop has been postponed to 16 July.

July 08, 2015 By: jessicazafra Category: Announcements, Workshops No Comments →

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Due to inclement weather.

On the other hand, you have another week to enroll in the workshop.

New workshop schedule:
July 16, 23 and last day (TO BE ANNOUNCED)
6:30pm to 8:30pm, Ayala Museum

For inquiries, email Marj at

Our next workshop: The Personal Essay

June 22, 2015 By: jessicazafra Category: Announcements, Workshops No Comments →

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Drogon approves of this poster. We look like we’re talking into Drogon’s butt.

Drogon looks like:
a) A fearsome dragon
b) A White Walker (white with all-blue eyes)
c) Ghost the direwolf

Art in the Park on Sunday

March 18, 2015 By: jessicazafra Category: Announcements, Art 1 Comment →


One down, three more Writing Workshops to go.

February 06, 2015 By: jessicazafra Category: Announcements, Workshops No Comments →


We just finished our Short Story Writing Workshop at Ayala Museum last night. The workshop took place over three night sessions and consisted of lectures, with participants reading what they’d written so far. The goal was to finish a short story by the end of the workshop, and nearly everyone completed their drafts. (The rest will be laughed at not be taken seriously until they cough up finished product.)

The Story Writing Workshop went well, so we’re going to do three more for the rest of the year. The schedule (to be confirmed):

July 9, 16, and 23: Personal Essay Writing Workshop. Lectures, discussions, homework. For people who are working on memoirs, travel essays, and other autobiographical pieces.

September 3, 10, and 17: Creative Writing Workshop. Participants do 3 or 4 writing exercises per session. It’s like mental parkour.

October 15, 22, and 29: Advanced Story Writing. Readings, discussions, exercises. At the start participants should already have a draft, which will be taken apart in the sessions.

Sessions are held at the Ayala Museum from 630 to 830pm.

For more information, visit the Ayala Museum Facebook page or join their mailing list,

Another year, another writing workshop at Ayala Museum on Jan 22, 29, and Feb 5

January 13, 2015 By: jessicazafra Category: Announcements No Comments →


A Writing Workshop
January 22, 29 and February 5, 2015
6 – 8 pm

Anyone can write, but can they write well? Whether you’re working on your college entrance essay or The Great Filipino Novel, a comic book or the screenplay of a future Cannes winner, the standards of good writing apply. Before you can experiment with the craft, you have to know the craft.

The facilitator will conduct a practical writing workshop for aspiring writers, weekend writers, and writers struggling with the dreaded block. The workshop consists of two intensive two-hour session on two Thursday evenings. At the end of the workshop, participants will have finished writing a short story.

The Facilitator

Jessica Zafra is a writer based in Manila. She has written two collections of short stories, The Stories So Far and Manananggal Terrorizes Manila, as well as a dozen collections of essays on film, literature, travel, rock music, popular culture and politics. Many of these pieces appeared previously in her highly influential column Twisted, which appeared in the newspaper Today (1994-2004).

Jessica’s essays have been published in the New Yorker, Newsweek, the Hong Kong Standard, and The National. She was editor-in-chief of Flip: The Official Guide to World Domination, and the annual literary journal Manila Envelope. At present she is a columnist at and at BusinessWorld.

Outside of publishing, Jessica has hosted talk shows on the FM stations NU-107 and K-Lite and the TV show Points of View, and managed a band. She is an executive producer on Norte, Hangganan Ng Kasaysayan (Norte, The End of History, Lav Diaz, 2014) and screenwriter of Esoterika: Manila (Elwood Perez, 2014).


The workshop fee is P 7,000.00 inclusive of handouts, materials, snacks, certificate, free admission to the museum and one day free access to the library. Payments can be made in cash, check, or through credit card.

For inquiries, call Marj Villaflores at 759-8288 local 25 or email or visit